Educating Clergy: Teaching Practices and the Pastoral Imagination / Edition 1

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Based on extensive literary and field research involving surveys, classroom observations, and interviews with faculty, students, and administrators in Roman Catholic, mainline and evangelical Protestant, and Reform and Conservative Jewish seminaries, Educating Clergy explores the influence of their historic traditions and academic settings in contemporary classroom and communal pedagogies. The book describes elements in classroom pedagogies shared across these religious traditions that distinctively integrate the cognitive, practical, and normative apprenticeships to be found in all forms of professional education.

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"This will be a useful reference volume for leaders in seminary education, and will provide interesting topics for conversation in many faculty contexts." (Teaching Theology & Religion, 10/03/2007)

"This is an important book." (Congregations, Summer 2006)

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Meet the Author

Charles Foster is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation, directing the Study on the Clergy as part of the Preparation for the Professions Program. He has been a professor of religion and education at the Candler School of Theology and is also an ordained United Methodist.

Lisa Dahill is a research scholar with the Carnegie Foundation Clergy Study. She received her M.Div from the Lutheran Church in America and a Ph.D in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union. Dahill is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Lawrence A. Golemon is a research consultant.

Barbara Wang Tolentino is a research assistant.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Lee S. Shulman.


About the Authors.

Introduction William M. Sullivan.

PART ONE. Seminary Education: An Overview.

1. Educating Clergy: A Distinctive Challenge.

2. Common Profession, Diverse Practices.

PART TWO. Classroom Pedagogies in Forming a Pastoral, Priestly, or Rabbinic Imagination.

3. Pedagogies of Interpretation.

4. Pedagogies of Formation.

5. Pedagogies of Contextualization.

6. Pedagogies of Performance.

PART THREE. Communal Pedagogies in Forming a Pastoral, Priestly, or Rabbinic Imagination.

7. Traditions of Seminary Education and the Pastoral Imagination.

8. Continuity and Change in the Traditions of Seminary Education.

9. Cultivating Spiritual Practices for Clergy Leadership.

10. Cultivating Professional Practices: Field Education.

PART FOUR. Seminary Educator Teaching Practices.

11. Teaching Toward Integration: Cultivating the Pastoral, Priestly, or Rabbinic Imagination.

12. An Invitation to Conversation.



Name Index.

Subject Index.

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